But this time, you'll very likely want to hatch even more eggs than before.
How do I know? Because that's exactly what happened to me!
I grew out of my 7 egg incubator very quickly (although I love it, and still use it when I want to hatch a small number of chicks) and graduated to the Octagon Advance. I absolutely love it - and I know you'll love it as much as I do!
My external humidity pump makes hatching life very simple - and stress free! Click on the pic to see it at Amazon.
Its amazing ability to sustain temperature and humidity levels no matter what the external environment is like. This separates it from other, smaller incubators - they tend not to operate as well if the outside temperature is low or fluctuates.
The digital read-out is clear and instantly indicates that the temperature and moisture levels are right. The one thing it doesn't do, unlike the smaller 7 egg Mini Advance incubator, is count down the days.
The ability to add on an humidity pump. This makes keeping evaporation levels consistent so easy it's unbelievable. It's expensive to do it this way, but it drastically reduces my stress levels - I just set it up and leave it alone until hatch.
Being able to dismantle it for cleaning. Keeping incubators clean between hatches to get rid of bacteria is critical to success and the Octagon 20 comes apart so that, apart (obviously) from the electrical elements, it's very easy to clean.
It's not as easy to see inside as it is with the smaller Brinsea Mini Advance. The workings of the fan and moisture control in the lid drop down into the hatching chamber, reducing the space for the chicks - and the available viewing space.
It's quite big - sitting on its auto-turner cradle it measures 17" (43 cm) wide by 10" (25.5 cm) deep. The humidity pump adds an extra 5" by 5" (13 cm square).
It's not cheap. If you add on the auto-turner cradle and pump it comes to nearly $500. I managed this by buying the standard unit first and adding on the extras as birthdays and Christmas presents!
I've read some reviews which say that this incubator was not reliable. However, they were from its very early days and it seems that Brinsea have now ironed out those early problems. All I can say is that I have always found it extremely reliable.
Based on my own experience - absolutely. It's easy to set up, the temperature and humidity controls are very accurate and the addition of the external pump makes it absolutely stress-free.
My trusty Octagon Advance complete with turning cradle and external humidity pump.
This is my go-to egg incubator if I want to hatch either more than 6 eggs, or different types of poultry. I've hatched geese and turkeys in the Octagon 20 - in fact it's become a bit of a celebrity in my part of Italy! My neighbours often bring their eggs to hatch because they're so fascinated by it.
I'm just waiting for someone to want ducks!
If you want this egg incubator but you don't want to pay for the auto-turn cradle at the moment, it's possible to buy just the machine and to add the cradle in at a later date.
You just need to remember to turn each egg by hand at least four or five times per day. If you don't, your hatch rates will be much less successful.
I've added to my basic Octagon 20 over time, by adding first the auto-turn cradle and then the external pump. That means I'm now completely stress-free when it comes to hatching - I just set it and go!
These links are for the whole unit - incubator, cradle and humidity pump.
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